The 4Runner is a body on frame crossover which has been around for a while now. The car was supposed to be redesigned using a unibody construction in order to save weight and become more efficient. Luckily it seems this is not going to happen. Why are we saying “luckily”? Well, if Toyota would have made the 4Runner a unibody crossover then all of its off-road capabilities would have been gone. It seems the upcoming 2019 Toyota 4Runner will remain a body of frame crossover which will likely share most of its components with the new Tacoma. This likely means a solid rear axle with an independent front suspension setup. This will give it great off-road performance while not robbing the passengers from their comfort on the road.
THIS ARTICLE IS JUST A RUMOR!!!
2017 Tokyo Motor Show, nothing important. We were expecting much more. Patiently we waited for information about the new 4Runner, Toyota Supra and other models. EVs are the main topic, enthusiasts have been forgotten on this event. We are still waiting for new information … –Update: 11.21.2017
2019 Toyota 4Runner Rumors
Even though it will still boast a ladder frame chassis and a separate body, the new 4Runner is actually expected to become lighter.
It seems new Bilstein shocks will be installed at all four corners together with new springs
This will be achieved with the help of a high strength steel chassis, high strength steel body parts and possibly some aluminum body panels as well.
The roof, hood, and rear hatch door might all be made out of aluminum in order to save weight. This would actually not hurt its performance in off-road and it wouldn’t be much more expensive for Toyota.
With the weight loss, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner is also expected to get a revised running gear. It seems new Bilstein shocks will be installed at all four corners together with new springs.
The car is also going to get much safer than before as well as considerably better to drive on the road.
The current model has been regarded by many magazines as being one of the most unusual-looking cars on the market.
The upcoming 4Runner, on the other hand, might change all of that. Most rumors seem to suggest the car is no longer going to get a unique styling. Instead, it might be based on the design of the Tacoma. This means a large grille flanked by a set of rather aggressive headlights.
Some also suggested that an exterior-mounted spare tire is possible but we wouldn’t be so sure about it
The bumper is expected to change in order to give it a better approach angle but even so, the 4Runner should be quite similar in design to its sibling. On top of that, the boxy rear end is expected to stay.
This will assure the car will offer a great amount of usability without ruining its looks. Some also suggested that an exterior-mounted spare tire is possible but we wouldn’t be so sure about it.
Let’s look at how 4Runner behaves in nature…
While the 2019 Toyota 4Runner is still far from release, we can safely assume it will boast a nearly identical cabin to its truck counterpart.
The big change over its predecessor will definitely be the quality of the materials which will increase by a good amount
This means a much less cluttered dashboard, better materials, an easier to use set of features as well as better overall equipment.
The car will likely be able to accommodate up to 5 passengers on most models. Some also suggested that a 7 seat version might be released at a later date, especially since the 4Runner chassis would allow it to do so.
The big change over its predecessor will definitely be the quality of the materials which will increase by a good amount.
Engine and Specs 2019 Toyota 4Runner
So far the car has been powered by a 4.0 liter naturally aspirated V6. This is quite powerful but it is one of the worst powertrains on the market when it comes to fuel efficiency.
In fact, the 4Runner usually offers worse fuel consumption than a V8-equipped full-size truck.
Because of that, the upcoming 2019 Toyota 4Runner will come equipped with a brand new engine. It seems it will use a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 with both port and direct fuel injection.
|Engine||2017 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD|
|Engine Type||Regular Unleaded V-6|
This will also use variable valve timing and possibly a variable length intake. The end result should be right around 300 horsepower and over 270 lb-ft of torque, more than what the current Tacoma has to offer.
The engine will likely be mated to a new 6-speed automatic which will drive a two-speed transfer case. With it, the new 4Runner will benefit from a standard four-wheel drive system with a possible lockable center differential and likely a limited slip differential in the back.
Some rumors also suggested a 2nd engine option offering well north of 350 horsepower but at this point, this seems highly unlikely.
Release and Price
As we said, this article is just a rumor. In connection to this, we assume that the new 4Runner will appear at the end of 2018 in showrooms.
|Let's compare...||2017 Model|
|Toyota 4Runner||$35,000 - $45,000|
|Jeep Wrangler||$25,000 - $38,000|
|Volkswagen Touareg||$50,000 - $61,000|
|Kia Sorento||$26,000 - $46,000|
|Ford Edge||$29,000 - $41,000|
When we talk about the price, it’s likely to be around $40,000 for the basic version.
If we take a look at the competition, 4Runner practically does not have any serious rivals in the SUV and Two-row Mid-size Crossover segment.
In this case, competition does not have performance nor toughness to go head to head with new Toyota. Here is the list of some of the rivals: